Friday open class:
22.-23.7. (10:30-13:30, 14:30-17:30-
3950,- czk 2 days
2250, - 1 day
"YOGA BODY, BUDDHA MIND"
Explore how the mutual support of hatha yoga and Buddhist meditation help us bring our bodies and minds into balance.
Cyndi will introduce shamatha, traditional Buddhist mindfulness meditation, as a path toward making friends with ourselves, creating a gap between stimuli and response, and leading to more options for a rich, joyful and beneficial life.
Then we will tuck this work into a creative and satisfying asana class as inspiration for moving through our daily lives with clarity and spaciousness. In the second half of the workshop Cyndi will introduce maitri contemplative meditation and integrate that compassion building work into a backbending asana class.
Our assignment is not to do fanciest bow pose but to expore the potential for unconditional friendliness, even when we are upside down and inside out.
We will finish up the day with some restorative workto remind us of the importance of letting go and opening.
Saturday morning: Making friends with yourself
Introducing mindfulness meditation, and exploring how it can be incorporated into slow, flowing asana sequences as a method ofr developing strenghth, stability and clarity of mind and body.
Saturday afternoon: Dynamic Equilibrium
Finding balance in how we work with our own mind as a basis for being "not too tight, not too loose" within our changing lives. Standing poses, on our feet, hands and seat--will provide the vehicle for riding balance with our body.
Sunday morning: Open your heart
This heart opening/back bending class to help us fall in love with ourselves as the template for developing loving kindness and compassion of others.
Sunday afternoon: Obstacle as path
Enriching our practice by learning that the difficulties we discover are really the gateway to discovering we can do more than we think. We will work on hip openers and closers, perhaps an arm balance or two and then we will rest.
We will move back and forth between short warming vinyasas, walking meditation, pranayama, restorative yoga and meditation, threading awareness throughout each different activity.
This class will all be on the floor - sitting, lying, rocking and rolling, twisting and using props to invert. Perhaps a downward dog or two will pop up, but no standing up poses will happen this evening . If you had an intense week - or even if you didn´t - this can be your recovery class.
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi is known for her dynamic and contemplative classes, creative, safe and sane sequencing, smart and soulful teachings — all offered in a non-competitive environment of goodness.
When she’s not on the mat and cushion, Cyndi writes. Her newest book is the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind. Other books include Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She writes regularly for Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Yoga International and Tricycle Magazine. Her frequent TV appearances include the Dr. Oz Show; Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; Good Morning, America and she has a cameo in Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun video, which she choreographed in 1983. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and is a long time student of Gelek Rimpoche.